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Preview: Bel Fuse's Earnings

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Bel Fuse (NASDAQ:BELFB) releases its next round of earnings this Thursday, February 18. Here is Benzinga's essential guide to Bel Fuse's Q4 earnings report.

What Are Earnings, Net Income, And Earnings Per Share?

Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company's profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses. EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Earnings And Revenue

Bel Fuse EPS will likely be near $0.14 while revenue will be around $114.90 million, according to analysts. Bel Fuse reported a per-share loss of $0.3 when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled $115.13 million.

What Are Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises, And Why Do They Matter?

Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.

The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 146.67% increase in the company's earnings. Revenue would have fallen 0.2% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q3 2020 Q2 2020 Q1 2020 Q4 2020
EPS Estimate 0.11 -0.30 -0.44 0.01
EPS Actual 0.62 0.46 -0.29 -0.30
Revenue Estimate 124.50 M 108.25 M 108.25 M 119.60 M
Revenue Actual 124.49 M 121.17 M 103.98 M 115.13 M

Stock Performance

Shares of Bel Fuse were trading at $16.14 as of February 16. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 4.85%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders should be content going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Bel Fuse is scheduled to hold the call at 11:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

 

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